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Randomised controlled trial
Overweight and obese individuals following either commercial or primary care-led weight loss programmes achieve significant weight loss at the end of the 12-week programme, but only the commercial programmes studied had sustained effect to 1 year
  1. Peter S W Davies
  1. School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Herston, Brisbane, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Peter S W Davies
    School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Herston, Brisbane, QLD 4029, Australia; ps.davies{at}

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Overweight and obesity is one of the most important public health issues in many parts of the world today. As reported by Jolly et al, the WHO has referred to the current situation as a global epidemic. Others have suggested that the rise in levels of obesity will cause a decline in life expectancy in the USA in the 21st century.1 Achieving and maintaining weight loss is not easy either for the individual attempting …

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